(Australian Associated Press)
Keeping people around the world fed will only become more challenging as the impacts of climate change are felt, a former US Secretary of State has warned.
Former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry argued the point at a global trade event in Melbourne by saying it provides further reason for authorities to address climate change by reducing emissions and ramping up renewable energy.
“The solution to climate change is staring us in the face,” Mr Kerry said on Tuesday.
“It’s not some pie-in-the-sky thing. Basically it’s called energy policy. That’s the solution to climate change: energy policy.”
Mr Kerry, who succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state for the last four years of the Obama administration, said the world is already struggling to keep people fed.
One-in-nine wake up in the morning hungry and goes to bed that way.
But that challenge will only increase as the climate changes and the population grows from seven billion to nine billion over the next 35 years, he said.
Food production will need to increase by 60 per cent to meet that demand.
“We have to become better stewards of the land. The truth is we are not smart enough that way,” he said.
Mr Kerry said food storage, transport and distribution should also be improved.
He also took aim at leaders who pit taking action to grapple with climate change against people’s livelihoods.
“Anybody who persists in putting before people the notion that you have to make a choice: you either get to have jobs and prosperity or you can protect the environment and the future, that’s a lie.”